In the topsy-turvy pandemic economy, RV demand is at a record high, with manufacturers set to ship upwards of 543,000 units in 2021, easily besting the previous record of 504,600 units shipped to dealers in 2017.
For dealers and customers alike, record demand means waiting lists for the most popular models.
“The pandemic is part of the story, but it’s not the whole story,” said Monika Geraci, spokeswoman for the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). The Reston, Virginia, association represents nearly all manufacturers and suppliers of RVs in the U.S.
Manufacturers were coming off a five-year growth streak when the pandemic hit, fueled by population growth, low interest rates and the fact that the U.S. tax code treats RVs as second homes, meaning owners can deduct the interest on purchase loans.
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